Some books are such that no matter what genre you normally enjoy, you end up liking them. I don't normally like predictability in my books, but if it doesn't spoil my whole reading experience,I can ignore it. I like gothic novels set in Victorian era. I read about anything that hooks me up with good plot line and characters. I'm mostly into dystopian but I'm very critical when it comes to rating them. I need a strong world building otherwise dystopian novels become regressive. Also, sometimes I read romantic comedies when I'm in mood for fluff. Really, it's too easy to make me read anything.er..except maybe erotica. I've been wary of adult novels, these days. I gave them a shot, a few I liked, otherwise they mostly didn't do it for me.
Don't worry about random talks, I blabber too much myself. :D
You're exactly right. I had a dystopian phase for a while after reading The Hunger Games. I was actually pretty reluctant to pick them up. It just sounded like something weird and not my taste at all. It ended up being my favorite series, next to Twilight. Since then, I've picked up on the Divergent (by Veronica Roth) series and the Matched (Ally Condie) series. Divergent was an ok read. Nothing really happens until the last few chapters and even then it wasn't gripping. I'll finish the series out - I always do. I normally re-read books in trilogies just to make sure I've got the whole gist of it, and I put Divergent down about halfway through the 2nd read. Matched, on the other hand, was completely different. I read the first one in one sitting, then I spread my re-read out over about 4 days because I was taking it to work with me. I haven't bought the 2nd to either book, but I'm anxious to. I hate paying the double-price markup on an author's 2nd book. I always wait a while and get them for $10 instead of $18. :D
Fifty Shades of Grey is the only erotica I've ever read. I thouroughlly enjoyed the series, but the I tended to skip over the intercourse a lot. It gets repetitive after a while.
Romance is another story. That's my favorite genre, hands down. I'm a sucker for a good love story. I just started The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks. It is getting good, and I already have The Notebook on my to-read list. Excited about that one :D
I love dystopians because I really like to see how authors experiment with the new worlds and their creativity is something I appreciate. But with so many dystopian books out there, it's really hard to find one that stands original with a strong plot and good characterization. Most of them build the world on shaky grounds and just expect the readers to go with it and that doesn't sit well with me. I like the Divergent series but I haven't read Matched. Maybe someday or maybe not. I've heard mixed reviews about it.
I usually read an ebook if I can't wait to get my hands on the book or borrow it and if I love it, I buy it later and re-read it till my heart's content or just sigh stroking the lovely cover. :D
I don't think Fifty is my thing. I've read reviews on goodreads and that was enough for me. ;)
I've heard good things about both these novels but they are slow for my taste. Enjoy reading!
I'm taking a bit of a break from all the paranormal/fantasy stuff and I'm going to start reading a book that a friend of mine has been nagging me to read for over a year now: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simmons. Anyone that I've asked about has told me nothing but the best about this book, so I have extremely high expectations -- which can't be a good thing. I'll let you guys know what I think of it.
The series is incredible, but the end of Mockingjay.. meh. It really bummed me out, and I feel like Collins forced the ending because of demand for the third book. I dunno, but it rubbed me the wrong way. Catching Fire was actually my favorite of the three, though.
I'm currently reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. It's a strangely mesmerizing story and I'm very much engrossed by it. I recommend books only after I'm done but people who like paranormal books should give it a try because I'm 80% in and not disappointed at all. The book's mystery has me on the edge of my seat. I had been hearing great things about it way before it's release, so I definitely wanted to see what the hype was about. It was one of the highly anticipated release of this year.
Will get back with my thoughts after I'm done.
Maggie Stiefvater's writing style in this book is commendable. The ending was a little too anticlimatic for my taste and I feel like we're left with more questions than before. That said, I'd still say it was a very strange and different read. Really liked it.
I liked it. I always find myself reverting to Twilight when I read books about werewolves or vampires. I feel like a lot of newer series spawn from Meyer's ideas.
Other than fangless sparklepires, did Meyer have any original ideas? No offense, but: everything else she wrote was obviously plagiarized(sp?) from Anne Rice, or Joss Whedon, or some other talented storyteller IMHO.
How much difference can there be in one vampire/werewolf romance from the other? I'm no huge reader in the vampire world of literature, but my point was that after Twilight's undeniable success, there was a flood of paranormal romance in YA and most of it seems very similar to said series.
Maybe that was a loose statement - sorry. Perhaps what I should have said is that a lot of the paranormal YA series' that I read that were released post-Twilight as reminiscent of Twilight. Do you disagree?
The book that I was referring to there was Shiver by M. Stiefvater. There's a brown skinned, dark haired, yellow eyed werewolf who changes back and forth and unconditionally loves this random girl. There is no triangle in the book, but it definitely lacks originality.
I don't disagree, I just feel that while Twilight was undeniably the biggest commercial success of it's type, other than fangless sparklepires it had almost no originality.
I am currently reading two books, To Kill A Mockingbird and City of Lost Souls in the Mortal Instruments series.
To Kill A Mockingbird- As this is my third time reading it, I am finding it extremely enjoyable, almost like a comfortable old chair to rest on.
Mortal Instruments City of Lost Souls- No words. This series is so incredible it beat out The Hunger Games AND Twilight in one swoop for me. Its incredible.
TKAMB: Yes, of course, that is if any of my friends had the mind to actually WANT to read. Crazy foos'.
MICOLS: See above.
TKAMB: I found this book buried in a box after moving and said....hey I wanna read this again.
MICOLS: Picked it up at Target. Decided to read it. Best idea ever.